Drs. Kulp, Plageman Receive Research Innovations Grants

The Ohio State University College of Optometry awarded faculty members Dr. Marjean Kulp and Dr. TJ Plageman with Research Innovations Grant awards, sponsored by an endowment from Vision Service Plan. Dr. Kulp plans to use the funds to explore quality-of-life (QoL) issues faced by children with binocular vision, accommodative, and visual tracking problems associated with concussions or not. Ultimately, she hopes to develop a patient-reported outcome measure to evaluate the impact of these problems on children and potential treatment effects. Dr. Plageman will use the funds to determine whether Shroom3 – a gene that helps regulate ocular development – is required for normal morphogenesis and cell differentiation of the ciliary body and trabecular meshwork in order to understand how tissues may utilize their environment during development.